MOSCOW, January 21 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Moscow City Court will hear on January 22 an appeal filed by Natalia Potanina, the ex-wife of billionaire Vladimir Potanin, against a lower court’s refusal to divide shares of Norilsk Nickel Interros International companies between ex-spouses, Potanina’s press office told RAPSI on Thursday.
In late April 2015, Natalia Potanina filed a lawsuit for ownership of 50 percent of her ex-husband’s stake in Norilsk Nickel and half of Interros International, which holds their other assets.
Under the Russian Family Code, the property acquired during a marriage is considered community property and therefore should be divided into equal parts in a divorce.
In the fall of 2015, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow dismissed the lawsuit. Potanina has appealed the ruling.
The businessman was granted a divorce from his wife in February 2014.
In July 2015, the Presnensky court issued a ruling in a case on dividing the assets of the former spouses. According to a source familiar with the lawsuit, the court ruled that Vladimir Potanin keep a 406.9 square meter luxury apartment on Skatertny Pereulok (central Moscow) and a church, St. Blessed Tamara in the village of Anosino, in the Moscow Region.
Natalya Potanina received a 380 million ruble ($4.8 mln) compensation for her share in the apartment as well as three plots of land in the Moscow Region.